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Secondary Education: Home Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 120851, tabled on 8 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the number of secondary schools in England who have (a) more than five children and (b) more than 10 children leaving the school roll to be home educated in each year since 2018-2019.

Answered on

16 February 2022

The department does not currently collect data on the number of electively home-educated children, including on where they may have been previously educated, as there is no statutory requirement for local authorities to maintain such information. Such data may be held by local authorities.

Parents and schools can inform their local authority if they have concerns about a pupil who has been off-rolled, and local authorities do have the powers to investigate such cases.

The government is committed to a form of local authority register for children not in school. Further detail on this is available in the children not in school consultation response, which was published on 3 February 2022 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/children-not-in-school. We hope to legislate on this measure at the next suitable opportunity.